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  אלול 29, 5768 , 29/09/08

Record IDF Preparedness for Rosh HaShanah

The Israel Defense Forces are on record alert for the Jewish New Year that begins at sundown on Monday. Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered a closure on Palestinian Authority (PA) areas in Judea and Samaria as of Sunday night.

The security establishment has ten specific warnings of terror groups' intentions to carry out attacks, along with dozens of general warnings. Authorities are especially worried about attempted kidnappings. Security forces are being assigned to areas with large concentrations of people.

The closure will be in effect until Wednesday night, subject to Defense Ministry review. Exceptions will be made for medical and other humanitarian reasons through coordination between Israel and the PA. The same situation will be instituted for Yom Kippur next week and Succot the following week.

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